Reality TV shows are pretty much the dominant entertainment form nowadays. Perhaps the only real thing about them are the extravagant vacations the participants get to go on from time to time. After all, seeing waiters at the same restaurant or housewives baking by the pool of their mansions gets old.
Viewers need a change of scenery, which is where vacation episodes come in. But you don’t need to act like a lunatic to be able to afford a reality tv-style vacation. Here are five such trips that you can book with points and miles:
1 – Keeping Up With the Kardashians – Conrad Bora Bora
Drama is expected on these reality TV vacations, even if it’s manufactured. So whether it was Kris Humphries threatening to beat up his future brother-in-law or Kim fake-crying over a “lost” diamond earring, it was a nice break from the monotone confessional videos.
If you want to head to the Conrad Bora Bora (formerly Hilton Bora Bora) for a slightly less annoying vacation, you can redeem 80,000 points per night for a Garden View Suite. Maybe Kim will be there to trade her “too big” Presidential villa for that underwhelming Garden View Suite…
2 – Real Housewives of Atlanta – Four Seasons Maui
In Season 9, the Atlanta Housewives headed to the Four Season Maui for a week of fun, sun and drama. While the Four Seasons doesn’t have a rewards program, you can put your Barclay Arrival Miles to good use here or use the Amex Platinum Card to score some freebies and possible free nights.
3 – Vanderpump Rules – Andaz Mayakoba
Admittedly, I don’t watch Vanderpump Rules regularly (how exciting can the lives of employees of a reality star be?) but I do know that in season six, the cast heads to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Location? The Andaz Mayakoba, which can be booked for 20,000 Hyatt points per night. A trip like this can be easily booked with points from the Hyatt Credit Card or Ultimate Rewards points and AAdvantage miles from the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card.
4 – The Bachelorette – Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Is there any reality show creepier and weirder than The Bachelor franchise? Aside from the fact that 99% of the “engaged” couples end up separating after the press tour, the whole mating ritual drawn out through an entire season is weird AF. But we’re here to talk about the fun places the contestants on the show get to visit and the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is one of them. Set on a picturesque Nassau beach, the Category 5 resort can be booked for as little as 20,000 points per night.
5 – No Reservations – Grand Hyatt Singapore
OK, so technically No Reservations is a docs-series and not a reality show. But it’s basically the same thing – real people traveling to real places, with direction on what to say/do. The Singapore episode of No Reservations is what really sparked my interest in traveling to the country.
A few years later, I redeemed 120,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip to fly there in first and business class. I even stayed at the same hotel as the late Anthony Bourdain, the Grand Hyatt Singapore, which can be booked for 20,000 Hyatt points per night.
Has reality TV ever inspired any of your vacations?